Sunday, September 22, 2013

Pür Spirits Twist

By Warren Bobrow, Cocktail Whisperer 

I beg your understanding that pür•spirits is one of those fabulous little companies that captured my heart through their use of flavor.  There is depth and quality to each product that this small, female owned business produces.    Each flavor or expression from pür•spirits makes you want to try another and then another until you have tasted the best that Europe has to offer with regard to intoxicating liqueurs.  I’m a big fan!  

The liqueur that has so enticed me for the Fall Season is the Blood Orange/ Spice liqueur.  This subtly spicy yet aromatically citrus spirit is a memory in every sip.  Was it the peel of the blood orange or the juice that stained my dreams with their oils?  The spice element is not overpowering, nor is it artificial in any way, shape or form.  I’m thrilled to work with pür•spirits blood orange/spice because it is so adaptable!  It’s perfectly marvelous in a martini type cocktail with jasmine tea and grapefruit zest. 

There is a historic element to orange spice drinks.  First of all they make us think of the holiday times that are fast approaching.  The inclusion of Jasmine Tea is a subtle tip of the hat to the mysterious nature of this cocktail.  The use of spices, in this case holiday or baking spices along with the ever present flavor of citrus zest and the sweet blood orange juice gets the ball rolling across your palate.  It’s really marvelous stuff in a hot toddy as well.  

Drinking the Blood Orange/Spice liqueur reminds me of traveling to Austria as a boy.  I was permitted to accompany my parents on their trips to Europe, South American and Africa with my young stomach drinking alongside our travels around the world.  Liqueurs from Switzerland, Austria and Germany have continued to supply my dreams with sweet memories of these years.  Every time I taste fruit based liqueurs like the marvelous ones from pür•spirits I have vivid dreams of my childhood.  Liquid based dreams are what have made me the writer that I am today.   I have my parents to thank for not leaving me in the hotel room with a half-frozen pizza from room service.  I ate along with a very adventurous family palate.  That went for liquor as well as wine.  Oh the struggles of youth!  

Pür Spirits Twist
3 oz. Jasmine Tea (cooled)
2 oz. pür•spirits blood orange/spice 
coconut water ice (freeze coconut water overnight in an ice tray) 
bitter truth lemon bitters

to a Boston shaker filled ¾ with bar ice:
add the pür•spirits blood orange/spice liqueur
add the cooled Jasmine tea
shake for 20 seconds until frosty
Old Fashioned Glass will do for this
Add a cube or two of the coconut water ice to the glass 
Scatter a few drops of the The Bitter Truth Lemon Bitters at the end and a grapefruit zest  

Pür Spirits hot toddy blood orange/spice liqueur
3 oz. pür•spirits blood orange/spice liqueur
4 oz. hot tea of your choice
a mug (pre-heated of course)
a zest of orange

heat mug
spray orange zest into the mug
add pür•spirits blood orange/spice liqueur
add hot tea


Cheers from DrinkUpNY!

Article by Warren Bobrow, a nationally published food and spirits columnist who writes for Williams-Sonoma, Foodista and the Beekman Boys. 

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